Archive for: July, 2010

ScienceBlogs = ZombieBlogs

Jul 20 2010 Published by under Ethics


Unless you've been living under a rock, or you are the CEO of Seed Media Group (SMG), you are well aware that Bora Zivkovic left ScienceBlogs 24 hours ago. Shockingly, despite this important loss, Adam Bly, CEO of SMG, has not communicated with any of us who remain at ScienceBlogs about this loss either by telephone, email, text, twitter, carrier pigeon or even with smoke signals. As far as I am concerned, ScienceBlogs is now ZombieBlogs, the undead, a heartless and soulless brain-eating monster that once was a beautiful living ideal.

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Mystery Bird: Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificens

Jul 20 2010 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Magnificent Frigatebird, sometimes known as the Man O'War, Fregata magnificens, photographed at Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazoria County, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 15 July 2010 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/1000s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

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Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) #35 is Published!

Jul 20 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
-- Sir Francis Bacon.
The most recent edition of Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) -- "Scientia Pro Publica 35" -- was just published at the buttcrack of dawn today by John at Kind of Curious.

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The Secret Powers of Time

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In this video animation, Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.

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A Rocket of His Own

Jul 20 2010 Published by under Humor, NYC life, Streaming videos, Your Inner Child

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TIME magazine recently went to interview astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson and noticed a huge crate had been delivered to his office at the American Museum of Natural History. He was kind enough to open it on-camera. The back story of this gift is that Neil was adamant that ABC News include the Saturn V Rocket on its list of The 7 Wonders of America. The folks at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama were so grateful, they sent Neil a replica.

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Rosa Blume unter Goldenen Blumen

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Rosa Blume unter Goldenen Blumen
Image: GrrlScientist, 14 July 2010, Frankfurt am Main, Germany [larger view]

This pink rose was the only one in a sea of gold roses.

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SMG/Sb Ethical Lapse Claims Another 'SciBling'

Jul 19 2010 Published by under Ethics

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I am greatly saddened to be able to tell you finally that my friend and colleague -- no, former colleague -- Bora Zivkovic, is leaving ScienceBlogs for good. I suspected and then knew for the past week and a half that this was coming, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I am deeply, deeply upset. So upset that I am really not able to talk about it. But in short, Bora is like a brother to me and since I've no family to speak of (until a few short months ago, when my real-life brother contacted me), Bora was the closest person to a brother I've ever had. I am sure you will want to continue reading his blog, so be sure to change your blogroll to include Bora's independent site at wordpress.

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Mystery Bird: Reddish Egret, Egretta rufescens

Jul 19 2010 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Reddish Egret, Egretta rufescens, photographed at Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazoria County, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 15 July 2010 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/1250s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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Zircons: Time Capsules from the Early Earth

Jul 19 2010 Published by under Streaming videos

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Zircons are tiny crystals with a big story to tell. Some of these minerals are the oldest Earth materials ever discovered, and therefore yield clues about what the planet was like after it formed 4.5 billion years ago. In this new Science Bulletins video, travel to a remote island off Greenland's coast and a zircon-making lab in New York State to learn how geologists are using these time capsules to build new hypotheses about the early Earth.

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Late For Work

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It's hot, you were up late drinking with your friends and now it's Monday morning -- again! Unlike some videos that I share with you, this one gets straight to the point -- a point that we've all achieved at some time during our lives.

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